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Anker Astro 3E 10000mAh Portable Charger Dual USB External Battery Power Pack for most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged devices (Apple adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 10k mAh!!
Spits out 0.5ma for those who use Crapple Products
Spits out 3A for those who use Tablets.
Portable.
2 Charging Ports
Can charge anything that uses USB power.
THERE ARE 4 LIGHTS!!! (In Captain Picards Voice)
Doesn't feel cheap.

Cons: Non Replaceable Battery.
Might feel a bit heavy for some users.

Other Thoughts: Could use some design improvements. Like knowing when the device is charging or being charged by using a different indicator.

Or a hard plastic door or case so nothing can press the button accidentally.

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TaoTronics TT-SL001 5M 5050 RGB 150 LED Strip Light Waterproof IR Remote Control US Version
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1: Water proof RGB LED Strip sealed in clear Silicone.

2: Remote

3: Low Price.

4: Replacement remotes/controllers are cheap & available everywhere.

5: Strip can be cut every 3rd LED.

6: Strips can be joined together to create a super long strip, but may require a more powerful power adapter.

Cons: 1: Overpowering industrial silicone smell when opening.May require a well ventilated area when opening Silver Bag.

2: Controller & Remote feels cheap.

3: Controller not water proof.

4: Connections not water proof.

5: Short wire. Had to buy RGB extension cable.

6: Adhesive is weak & may require other means to get it to stick & stay where you put it.

7: Does not support "Chase", & the strip can only be one color at a time.

8: Manual is not informative & doesn't explain the buttons on the remote properly.

Other Thoughts: After installing these in the terrace, I had an extra piece left over. So I purchased another controller & remote, & wired the controller with a Molex plug so it could run off the power supply in the PC. Now my PC has mood lighting! I need t find a controller that can change the color depending on Load or Temp! That would be winsauce!

Other Thoughts:

Shame they don't have a more attractive wall mounted controller.

Also, when set to White, light has a slightly blueish hue to it. Not a problem.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this RGB LED strip set. For the price. It has not failed, exploded or burst into flames after 5 days of running it non stop. I plan on getting another set for under the cabinet kitchen lighting.

1 egg deducted for that overpowering chemical smell.

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TaoTronics TT-SL001 5M 5050 RGB 150 LED Strip Light Waterproof IR Remote Control US Version
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -RGB Light Strip is bright and offers every color under the rainbow, including White.
-Comes with a IR Remote.
-Strip can be cut. or expanded with another LED Strip.
-LED strip protected by clear silicone & is water proof.
-Low Cost.
-Many different lighting effects.

Cons: CONTROLLER FEELS CHEAP / NOT WATER PROOF.
It seems that this by far, is the weak link in the system. Also, the wire that comes out of it & plugs into the LED strip is only just longer than a 12in (0.30480m), & the 4 pin connector is not gold plated, or sealed. If you will be using this outdoors or in damp locations, recommend you seal it with silicone or other method to keep the moisture out. You may also want to buy an Extension Cable for it if you want to place the controller far away from the strip.

THE REMOTE
It feels cheap too. Buttons can be confusing, the instruction book is written by Chinese people in bad English, so it may be confusing. If you lose/break remote, you cannot use the this. thankfully, this is a generic item & it can be easily replaced along with the controller.

RGB STRIP LIMITATIONS. (This model)
This Model offers almost any color you can think off. But it does not have a "Chasing" effect. So if you pick a color, the entire strip will be that color.

CHEMICAL SMELL!
This cam in a sealed silver bag. When I Opened it, the chemical smell from the Silicone was overpowering!! It was freezing outside, but I had to open a window to vent the area because of the odor. I do no know if this happens with all of them, or if I was the lucky one, but just in case, you should open this outside or in a well ventilated area.

Other Thoughts: Took 1 Egg off for the cheap feel of remote & controller.
Took 1 Egg off for the Overpowering Smell of Industry when I opened it.

As others have stated, the Controller/Remote are the weakest links in this product. Thankfully, you can easily replace them as they are sold all over the web for as little as $8, or even less. some even have larger versions of the same remote but with more buttons.

I really wish the Controller, Controls & Power Brick were all 1 item that could be wall mounted.

TaoTronics offers a 10% discount on your next purchase if you file the review from their website. But I decided to file it from here instead. Also, do not know if they give you that discount for purchases from their site, or if they give you a 10% coupon code for use on NewEgg.

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Display Name: Oscar G.

Date Joined: 02/11/13

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 02/12/13
  • Last Review: 05/07/14
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